Note on ‘Care 7 days 7 stories’

When we first spoke to participants about this event, we decided to follow up with a note that helped them understand where we were coming from with our request that they send in a submission to this campaign. The basics of what we sent them is uploaded here for you to read, because we would like to invite your participation and submissions to future online awareness and visibility, as well as experience sharing efforts. To get in touch with us, please mail caregiverslink@gmail.com with the subject line ‘Care 7 days 7 stories’.

Care 7 days 7 stories

Why this campaign?
It is hard to make care relationships a tangible thing. This relationship is not ‘out there’, is not making it’s presence felt or being visible in public space for people to discuss or engage with. It is crucial that people understand care, how it plays a part in the lives of people they know and society at large. Crucial because great millions of people at any given point in time give or receive care and have little to no support. Many people lose jobs, drop out of school or college, lose relationships, friendships, a social life, because those who don’t understand care are unable to support those who may be in a care relationship.

(If this campaign were called ‘Love 7 days 7 stories’ most people would immediately have some idea of what to expect because we all have some idea of what love or a love relationship means.)

What is this campaign?
Our campaign is called ‘Care 7 days 7 stories’.

Let us create an understanding of care, from our own experiences, that we are willing to share, through an image and a short description of that image.

A care relationship by nature plays out indoors, inside a home or in an institution such as a special education school, or a hospital or a rehabilitation or therapy centre. This is where people conduct their activities of daily life, the bath, bed, toilet routines, the food, medication, learning, play and therapy, the interaction. This is where the emotions related to giving and receiving care are expressed or not expressed.

For this campaign which will run for one week, each day we will share on our website, Facebook and Twitter group and other platforms, one image of care with a short one or two line description from the participant who has submitted that image.

About participants:-
Participants may be caregivers or care receivers, some may even be both.
Participants may if they wish, choose to send in entries to be used in the campaign as submissions from ‘anonymous’.
Participants are clearly expected to share only what they are comfortable sharing in the wider public space and on the Internet.

About submissions:-
Since these submissions are for a public awareness campaign, they are not confidential material and will be used in the public space.
Participants are to submit one picture, which may even be taken with a cell phone camera. This picture must symbolise something important to them about their care relationship. It may be an object, it may have the suggestion of a person. (You are welcome to submit more than one picture, up to three pictures. We may choose one or use all three for awareness raising purposes now or in the future.)
A ten to fifty word description of – what this picture means to the participant and why – must be submitted as well.
No person should be identified by face or name in the picture, or in the description. However you can if you wish to, mention your relationship. (Parent, partner, brother, sister, friend, child, grandparent etc.)

Rules and consent format:-
Participants must send in a picture they have taken or one that belongs to them, ie, they must have the right to send in their submission.
Participants may not make a submission on somebody else’s behalf.
By submitting materials for this campaign, participants understand that they are giving their consent to Caregivers Link for the use of the picture they submit along with the description, across public media, including the Internet, websites and any other presentations that may be created as follow-up by us, such as on YouTube or in hard copy publications.

All submissions will be required through email.

 

We will follow-up later with a YouTube series of submissions put together and include any additional submissions that were not a part of the campaign, since only 7 submissions will be used.